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European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957
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Who thought of Europe as a community before its economic integration in 1957? Dina Gusejnova illustrates how a supranational European mentality was forged from depleted imperial identities. In the revolutions of 1917 to 1920, the power of the Hohenzollern, Habsburg and Romanoff dynasties over their subjects expired. Even though Germany lost its credit as a world power twice in that century, in the global cultural memory, the old Germanic families remained associated with the idea of Europe in areas reaching from Mexico to the Baltic region and India. Gusejnova's book sheds light on a group of German-speaking intellectuals of aristocratic origin who became pioneers of Europe's future regeneration. In the minds of transnational elites, the continent's future horizons retained the contours of phantom empires. This title is available as Open Access.


'European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957 has much to say about post-World War I elite attitudes toward the downfall of continental empires and postwar identity among German-speaking European elites. Rather than retreat into lives of resentment, resignation, or quiet dissolution, these men coped with the trauma of empire’s end not only by re-envisioning European ‘imperial’ units but also by taking steps, whatever their results, to make it happen. … [Gusejnova’s] study reveals a fascinating and distinctly eastern European branch of the intellectual genealogy of European unification.'

Matthew G. Stanard Source: H-Empire

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  • European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957
    pp i-i
  • New Studies in European History - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917–1957 - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Contents
    pp vii-viii
  • Figures
    pp ix-x
  • Preface
    pp xi-xiii
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xiv-xvii
  • Abbreviations
    pp xviii-xix
  • Introduction
    pp xx-xlviii
  • Part I - Precarious elites
    pp 1-66
  • Chapter 1 - Famous deaths
    pp 3-36
  • Subjects of imperial decline
  • Chapter 2 - Shared horizons
    pp 37-66
  • The sentimental elite in the Great War
  • Part II - The power of prestige
    pp 67-172
  • Chapter 3 - Soft power
    pp 69-97
  • Pan-Europeanism after the Habsburgs
  • Chapter 4 - The German princes
    pp 98-139
  • An aristocratic fraction in the democratic age
  • Chapter 5 - Crusaders of civility
    pp 140-172
  • The legal internationalism of the Baltic Barons
  • Part III - Phantom empires
    pp 173-234
  • Chapter 6 - Knights of many faces
    pp 177-207
  • The dream of chivalry and its dreamers
  • Chapter 7 - Apostles of elegy
    pp 208-234
  • Bloomsbury’s continental connections
  • Epilogue
    pp 235-251
  • Archives
    pp 252-255
  • Bibliography
    pp 256-316
  • Index
    pp 317-344


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